We’re very pleased to announce that, on Friday, Vend won two awards at the 20th anniversary NZ Hi-Tech Awards (unofficially dubbed “The Oscars of New Zealand Hi-Tech”).
We were finalists in three categorises, and took home awards in both the IBM Hi-Tech Exporter of the Year (under $5m revenue) and Cisco Hi-Tech Emerging Company of the Year categories.
The judges had this to say:
“We were particularly impressed by Vend’s history of meeting its forecast numbers every time, its mature approach to sales and marketing and how well the product and business story were presented. With 10,000 customers located in 140 countries, Vend is clearly well on its way. It’s also very pleasing to see they have been able to rebuff all approaches to locate offshore which is testament to their determination to remain a Kiwi company.”
Competition this year was hot, especially for the grand prize “Hi Tech Company of the Year” category – with heavyweights Xero, Orion Health, Fisher & Paykel Healthcare, and Serko battling it out. Orion Health took out the supreme award, in addition to IBM Hi-Tech Exporter of the Year (over $5m revenue), for demonstrating “outstanding year-on-year growth, substantial business acumen in a terribly complex and competitive market, and amazing international diversification.”
We want to congratulate the finalists in all categories, showing the how much New Zealand’s tech industry is going from stride-to-stride every year.
We’re especially proud to win the Emerging Hi Tech Company of the Year award. Hi-tech is already New Zealand’s 3rd largest industry, accounting for over $7 billion in exports. We’re committed to helping make it New Zealand’s number one industry, and in so doing, creating tens of thousands of highly skilled jobs, that are more exciting and better paid than the opportunities for young Kiwis abroad.
The Vend journey is only just beginning, and we wouldn’t be here without the inspiration of the tech companies that have gone before us. Companies like Xero, TradeMe and Orion Health. We hope that through celebrating success in our industry, we inspire future tech entrepreneurs, and a whole new generation of engineers, developers and savvy young business people who will be required to feed the exponentially growing demand for local talent.
Thanks to our investors for supporting us, and the hard work of our team and partners, both at home and abroad. And a special thanks to our customers for choosing Vend. Our mission is to make retailers’ lives a little easier and their businesses a little more successful. And that is the success we try to celebrate every day.
Here’s to another amazing year!
About Nick Houldsworth
Chief Marketing Officer at Vend. Husband. Father of three. Beard grower. Mandolin player. Tuesday drinker. Love helping retailers the world over grow great businesses.